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Lesbians react to 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' sex scene: 'That's a classic move' -- VIDEO


Blue Is the Warmest Color is more than a graphic 10-minute sex scene between its two heroines. The three-hour French coming-of-age drama and Palme d’Or winner explores the origins and eventual dissolution of a romantic and emotional relationship between the teenage Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and the 20-something Emma (Léa Seydoux).

Still, we can’t stop talking about that scene. After it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, praise and critiques poured in and continued when the film finally hit theaters this fall. EW’s film critic Owen Gleiberman discusses the varying responses at length here.

Posture magazine, a small arts publication for the LGBT crowd, decided to actually show the scene to a group of gay women and talk to them about it. The responses are varied, but none believe that the extended scene represents either an ideal or a reality. One of the recurring criticisms is how outmoded Léa Seydoux’s Emma looks with that blue hair. Also, according to one of the women in the video, something that they do “has never happened once in the course of human history.” Can you guess what that might be?

Don’t worry (or get excited, depending): The movie might be rated NC-17, but this video is safe for work. There’s just some heavy breathing and moaning and some fairly explicit discourse about lesbian sex, so you might want to put on some headphones.

What I'm Watching Now: The fantastic anti-zombie drama 'The Returned'


If you’ve already bingewatched every single critically acclaimed show out there, and you’re wondering what to watch next, TV critic Melissa Maerz has a few suggestions. Her column, “What I’m Watching Now,” is devoted to the best underhyped series on television (or Amazon, or Netflix, or whatever iDevice you’re using), whether they’re just premiering or have been lingering on your friends’ season pass queues for years.

When is a zombie not a zombie? Do you have to be a full-fledged skull-munching, low-moaning, slow-walker to qualify? Or is being “undead” more of a philosophical problem, one that’s less about the flesh than it is about the braaain?

My coworkers and I have been debating this lately, because many of us are addicted to the French drama The Returned, one of the coolest, creepiest new shows on TV. (It premieres Halloween night on Sundance. Watch it now so you’re up to speed when Carlton Cuse of Lost adapts it for American television.) It’s nothing like The Walking Dead. So everyone wants to know: Can you really call it a zombie drama if nobody’s corpse is rotting?

Watching the drama unfold — slowly, moodily, over a goosebumpy soundtrack by Mogwai — you might find yourself waiting for some nightstalker to suddenly flip out and gorge himself on pancreas and spleen, just to stop everything from feeling so impossibly chic, so impeccably French. But The Returned strips away the usual conventions of the genre, which is exactly what makes it so deeply unsettling. What’s left is an affecting meditation on grief. The story begins with a hold-your-breath shot of school bus careening off an Alpine cliff, with children trapped inside. (I got flashbacks of The Sweet Hereafter.) Four years later, as the victims’ families gather for a group therapy session, one of the children who was killed in the crash comes back: 15-year-old Camille (Yara Pilartz) suddenly shows up inside her mother’s house, ravenously hungry — but only for spaghetti. Soon, others like Camille start appearing all over town. There’s Simon (Pierre Perrier), the sexy drummer with the Strokes haircut, who’s searching for his fiance, unaware that she’s now engaged to another man. There’s Victor (Swann Nambotin), the strange little boy who lurks in bus stops. Oh, and there’s Serge (Guillaume Gouix), the serial killer who guts his victims and snacks on their organs. Uh… yum?

But despite Serge’s fondness for human paté, none of the “returned” are particularly zombie-like. (This seems to be a trend lately: just look at the perfectly preserved dead boy in ABC’s upcoming series Resurrection, or the lifelike teenagers in BBC America’s In the Flesh.) They’re all impossibly young, with apple cheeks and dewy eyes and stylish, maggot-free outfits. They use actual words rather than just vowel sounds, and they’re able to convey real emotions beyond “vaguely starving” or “frustrated that I must drag this decaying foot behind me.” Yes, they’ve been resurrected for mysterious reasons — it has something to do with rising dam levels, an erratic power supply, and other things that make people who work for the French government shout, “Zut Alors!” — but other than that, they’re pretty normal. “Am I some kind of zombie?” Camille asks the local priest, Pierre (Jean-François Sivadier). “No, you’re not some kind of zombie,” he replies. “Than what am I?” she asks. The answer? Something much scarier. Sadder, too. Maybe she’s just like the rest of us.


Happy Bastille Day! Here are our favorite French moments in pop culture


Happy Bastille Day (or La Fête Nationale, if you’re actually in France)! Though it’s a holiday celebrating French independence from monarchic rule, French culture — and Paris in particular — is a theme oft-represented onscreen. And who could blame writers, directors, and actors for falling in love with the City of Light? There’s the food, the national love of art, the PDA, the style — to celebrate, here’s a feast of our favorite French moments in pop culture.

Of course, there are classics like Breathless, modern marvels like Amour, and anything by Truffaut that should be included without mention, but we wanted to take a more literal approach to our roundup, choosing visually stunning moments, scenes that reference Paris, and clips that just ooze Parisian style.


'MasterChef': Wednesday, Bloody Macaroons

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Thank God for HD, right? (I don’t care what any of the judges say. These still look amazing.)

It’s all about the final Pressure Test on MasterChef. Last week’s lemon meringue pie did Bimi in, and this week two home chefs had to enter a sweat-streaked macaroon WAR ZONE to fight for their places in summer’s hottest competition of who can stir up the most sh*t cook random stuff the best. Who would ultimately fall apart easier than his own confection? READ FULL STORY

French satirical magazine publishes Muhammad cartoons

What’s more controversial than publishing a cartoon that depicts the Muslim prophet Muhammad? Publishing several cartoons — which is exactly what the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo did in its most recent issue, published Wednesday. As Reuters writes, the magazine’s cover depicts an Orthodox Jew pushing a turban-wearing figure seated in a wheelchair; the image is a reference to The Intouchables, a popular French film about a white man and his black caretaker. The word “Mahomet” is prominently displayed near the illustration.

Inside, Charlie Hebdo includes a number of other caricatures of Muhammad. In some of them, he is naked. This is not the publication’s first brush with controversy; in 2006, it was criticized for reprinting Muhammad-depicting cartoons first published in a Danish newspaper. READ FULL STORY

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